Cyclist’s Britain in a Box is one of the coolest formats for a guidebook that I’ve seen. Perfect for our mobile culture that loves things that fit in the palm of your hand – these cards cover some of the best rides in the UK. From the Dales Circuit to Land’s End to the Isle of Wight there are 50+ options that take in breathtaking scenery and local culture throughout England, Wales, and Scotland. Even if you just intend to go to London there are some rides around the green spaces and the reservoirs that could be good day trips.
Whether you’re interested in a strenuous weekend challenge, an easy day trip, or a week-long journey, you can just grab a fold out card and go. Each tour has detailed maps of both on and off road sections, and all the points of interest along the way, as well as information on which villages have options for eating and which don’t. With tips on where to stay and a transparent waterproof sleeve for Britain’s unpredictable weather, you should be all set.
With the cards planning your trip will be fun and packing should be a breeze – just take the few you plan to use and leave the rest at home. I hope this option spills over into some other guidebooks as well, so instead of needing a whole book for each country or place you’re visiting you could just take a few map cards with not to forget pointers and pocket them. Kind of like your cell phone’s handy maps, but without the out-of-range spots and the international data charges.
Cyclist’s Britain in a Box, Arnold Robinson & Chris Hutt, Interlink Books, 2011